After a lovely morning spent with Bio-tiful I am happy to share with you the good news which is for everyone who cares about their health and body. In the colder months, I always try to pay more attention to my health habits and not letting my immune system get weaken. Everyday habits are something which really helps me out when it comes to my health, mostly because I choose products which I love in both the taste, and I am also aware of the health benefits of it so I know that it’s truly good for my body!
Despite many of us doing more to protect our bodies throughout winter, 90% of people surveyed are not aware of the benefits of Kefir, nor are they clued up on other health foods. Fewer than half (49%) know the health benefits of the vitamin C in oranges. Meanwhile, although pre-toxing is a popular theme as Winter descends, 82% of the people surveyed admit they don’t do enough to support their overall gut health.
Bio-tiful is helping to support our health in many different ways like in our digestion, reduction of tiredness, recovery after exercise, maintenance of normal bones, teeth, skin and vision. And as I mentioned before, it keeps our immune system strong and healthy which is one of the most important benefits especially in winter since 60% – 80% of our immune system is located in our guts!
We are now celebrating the launch of Bio-tiful’s Kefir range into the UK’s biggest supermarket Tesco this week, reaching the shelves of 300 stores around the UK, but of course, you can also find the products in other grocery stores as well! At the forefront of one of the fastest growing trends in the UK food market – fermented foods – Kefir is a natural rich source of multiple strains of beneficial bacteria, which research have shown significantly improve immunity against colds and flu1 !
Natasha Bowes, CEO and founder of Bio-tiful Dairy, comments:
“Our research shows that people look to increase their immunity and self-defence against illness during the winter months. By launching Bio-tiful Kefir into Tesco, we’re providing people with an accessible way to fuel themselves with a protein-rich and immune system supporting the product. Enjoyed as a drink, an on-the-go snack or as an addition to breakfast and other meals, we’re delighted that Bio-tiful Kefir supports the pre-tox trend identified, and look forward to more people discovering the benefits.”
Here are some thoughts from the award-winning dietitian Lucy Jones, furthermore you can also find her top 10 tips which she shared with us:
“It is clear that people are taking steps to look after themselves throughout Winter and the festive season, but there is still more people can do to support their bodies when they’re most vulnerable. By learning a few key details about nutrition and making easy diet and lifestyle changes, positive differences can be seen in health, energy and vitality.”
1. Eat a range of colourful, vitamin-rich foods with every meal to ensure you’re giving your body what it needs. Vitamins A and C can be found in a brightly coloured diet, including a range of fruits and vegetables. Vitamin E has antioxidant properties and can be added to meals by using nuts, seeds, and olive and rapeseed oils.
2. Zinc supports immunity and can help in fighting colds, and reducing how long you are ill. It can be taken as a supplement, or easily incorporated into diets by eating lean meat, fish and seafood, nuts, seeds and beans.
3. Friendly bacteria, found in fermented foods and supplements, can support the body’s defences against viruses and how long they last. Kefir contains high levels of these bacteria and different strains, as well as being high in protein and vitamins.
4. Staying hydrated is essential in maintaining health and fighting illness. Alcohol can suppress the immune system, so drinking plenty of water and monitoring alcohol consumption over the festive season is key.
5. Food hygiene is often overlooked as part of staying healthy. Public places and transport harbour bacteria and can easily spread winter illnesses, so making sure you wash your hands before cooking and using hand sanitizer before eating can keep germs from spreading.
6. Make sure you’re getting sufficient calories when following a healthy diet and getting a range of different foods, which will all supply different nutrients. This is crucial for energy and mental performance.
7. Overindulgence across the festive season is normal for many of us, but it can cause bloating, sleep disruption, reflux, worsening of IBS symptoms and impact energy levels. Enjoy your favourite festive foods in moderation, and be aware of how significantly larger portions of fatty and sugary foods might impact your digestion and mood.
8. Adequate sleep, to complement a good diet, helps support the immune system and maintain necessary energy levels. Although many people can function well enough on little sleep, research suggests a minimum of seven hours is needed to keep you functioning at your best.
9. Keeping active, alongside a healthy diet, can boost your immune system. However, extreme exercise can put increased pressure on your body and reduce immunity temporarily, making you more prone to illness. Make sure to adjust your diet according to your activity regime.
10. Many foods are especially helpful in promoting good health, rather than there being any singular ‘superfood’. Oranges, for example, are a great source of Vitamin C, and garlic has antimicrobial and immunomodulatory properties, again thought to help our natural defences against poor health. People are often unaware of the nutrients in our everyday foods and often buy into health myths, so it’s a good idea to eat a range of foods to benefit from all their properties.
I hope you all liked this health-related post which I personally already included in my diet. I think healthiness is one of the most important part in our lives and since I have been through many different sicknesses I really try to keep my immune system strong!